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The New Textualism: How to Use the Text and History of the Constitution to Make Progressive Arguments

Elizabeth Wydra

Elizabeth Wydra gave an ACS lunch talk on March 5, titled  “The New Textualism: How to Use the Text and History of the Constitution to Make Progressive Arguments”. Wydra is chief counsel for the Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC) in Washington, D.C. The organization seeks to use textualist constitutional interpretation to further progressive causes like same-sex …

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Local Progressive Policymaking with David Chiu

David Chiu

On February 21st David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, visited HLS for an ACS and APLSA co-sponsored lunch talk about progressive policymaking. Mr. Chiu was enthusiastic about bringing new ideas to San Francisco, and emphasized the power of local government to improve the lives of city residents. Mr. Chiu began his …

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See the IQ2 Debate Live!


This Thursday 2/27/14 we are hosting an Intelligence Squared Debate along with Fed Soc on the proposition “Affirmative Action on Campus Does More Harm than Good.” HLS Prof. Randy Kennedy and CLS Prof. Ted Shaw will argue in favor of affirmative action, while USD Prof. Gail Heriot and UCLA Prof. Richard Sander will argue against …

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Analyzing This Year’s Urban Election Results with Journalist Sasha Issenberg

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m4s0n501 On Thursday, November 21, journalist Sasha Issenberg, Boston Globe reporter Andrew Ryan, and Kennedy School Professor David Luberoff discussed the 2013 mayoral races in New York, Boston, Detroit, and Los Angeles. The panelists began by addressing how each race will represent a change in city politics. With former Mayor Bloomberg leaving office after three …

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ACS Northeast Regional Student Convening – Senator Mo Cowan


Saturday’s events ended with some remarks from former Senator Mo Cowan. Sen. Cowan framed his initial remarks around “equality as it is and ought to be.” The Senator brought up the timeliness of sesquicentennium of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. However, he approached Lincoln’s pivotal moment from a balanced historical approach, giving it credit for paving …

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